Kirk Kerkorian

Born Jun 15, 1917

Kerkor "Kirk" Kerkorian is an American businessman who is the president/CEO of Tracinda Corporation, his private holding company based in Beverly Hills, California. Kerkorian is known as one of the important figures in shaping Las Vegas and, with architect Martin Stern, Jr. the "father of the mega-resort."… Read More

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1917 Birth Kerkor Kerkorian was born on June 6, 1917 in Fresno, California, to immigrant parents of Armenian origin. … Read More
1920 3 Years Old His family moved to Los Angeles following the depression of 1920–21. … Read More


1942 25 Years Old Kerkorian was married three times, first to Hilda Schmidt from 1942 to 1952. … Read More
1944 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1944, Kerkorian and his Wing Commander John de Lacy Wooldridge rode the wave and broke the old crossing record. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old After spending much time in Las Vegas during the 1940s, Kerkorian quit gambling and in 1947 paid $60,000 for Trans International Airlines, which was a small air-charter service that flew gamblers from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. … Read More


1962 45 Years Old In 1962, Kerkorian bought in Las Vegas, across the Las Vegas Strip from the Flamingo, for $960,000. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old In 1967, he bought of land on Paradise Road in Las Vegas for $5 million and, with architect Martin Stern, Jr., built the International Hotel, which at the time was the largest hotel in the world; The first two performers to appear at the hotel's enormous Showroom Internationale were Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley. … Read More
1969 52 Years Old 1 More Event
After he purchased the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1969, Kerkorian (with architect Martin Stern Jr.) opened the original MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, larger than the Empire State Building and the largest hotel in the world at the time it was finished. … Read More
1973 56 Years Old Kerkorian sold MGM's distribution system in 1973, and gradually distanced himself from the daily operation of the studio. … Read More


1979 62 Years Old In 1979, Kerkorian issued a statement claiming that MGM was now primarily a hotel company; however, he also managed to expand the overall film library and production system with the purchase of United Artists from Transamerica in 1981, becoming MGM/UA Entertainment Company.
1986 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, he sold MGM to Ted Turner. … Read More
1996 - 2005 4 More Events
…  According to press accounts from June 30, 2006, Kerkorian suggested that Renault acquired a 20 percent stake in GM to rescue GM from itself. … Read More
2007 90 Years Old On April 5, 2007, Kirk Kerkorian made a $4.58 billion bid for the Chrysler Group, the U.S. arm of Daimler-Chrysler. … Read More
Kerkorian began buying Ford Motor Company stock in April 2008, and spent about $1 billion to accumulate a 6% stake in the automaker.
2011 94 Years Old By 2011, Kerkorian was among those hardest hit by stock market recession as his net worth tumbled to $3.2 billion.
2013 96 Years Old In 2013 he was listed as the 412th richest person with a net worth of $3.9 billion. … Read More
2015 98 Years Old Kerkorian died in Beverly Hills, California on June 15, 2015, at the age of 98.
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